This year is the hottest year on record in Russia, Russia’s meteorological agency chief, Sergei Furand, said Wednesday as climate change pushed up global temperatures, the Newspaper Sei-ho newspaper reported. Forland said Russia has used instruments to observe the weather for nearly 130 years, and this year has been the hottest year. The average temperature in the capital, Moscow, in 2019 was 7.6 to 7.7 degrees Celsius, 0.3 degrees above the previous record, Mr. Furand said. Moscow has kept meteorological records since 1879, and Russia only began to do so in 1891.
Global warming has led to rising temperatures around the world, and the United Nations said earlier this month that 2019 was set to be one of the hottest three years on record. Moscow has long been known for its winter chills, but December looks set to be the warmest December in the past century.
Moscow snowed some snow on the 30th. The Russian city is usually covered in thick snow in mid-December, but it has barely snowed throughout December this year.
Moscow’s ski slopes are closed, but trees are already blooming, at least three months earlier than usual.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his year-end press conference earlier this month that “no one knows” why climate change is taking place. But he acknowledged that climate change would bring “disaster” to Russia.
Mr Putin said Russia’s temperature was rising 2.5 per cent faster than anywhere else in the world, “a very serious situation for our country”.